Polish White Eagle Club by Enrico Taglietti (1970). Photo: Darren Bradley

Poetry Awards

Inaugural DESIGN Canberra poetry awards

Entries close 4pm Wednesday 3 October 2018

Submit your entry online here

Entries close 4pm Wednesday 3 October 2018
DESIGN Canberra 2018 is pleased to present two new national poetry awards to celebrate Canberra’s distinctive design identity and encourage people to write, publish and read poetry.
The festival is calling for poems that celebrate and promote Canberra as a living design laboratory, a global city of design. Awards will be given to emerging poets in two categories:
· Enrico Taglietti Poetry Award
· City of Design Poetry Award

Winning poems will be displayed publicly as street stencils throughout the DESIGN Canberra festival. Because of this, poems must be a maximum of 8 lines (plus title), with each line containing no more than 10 words. Titles must not exceed 8 words.

Winning entries will be selected by a panel made up of local writers Monica Carroll and Nigel Featherstone and will be announced at a DESIGN Canberra preview event in October.

An entry fee applies of $15 per poem must be paid at the time of submission. A discounted rate of $10 per poem applies to members of the ACT Writers Centre. Entry is free for current members of Craft ACT. You will recieve a payment link via email once you have completed your submission.

The Inaugural Design Canberra Poetry Awards are presented with the support of the University of Canberra and the ACT Writers Centre.

Prizes
The winner of each award will:
· Receive $250
· Be published either in a special issue of Axon: Creative Explorations, or in the literary journal Meniscus
· See their poetry in public, on an ephemeral street stencil or window installation during the 2018 DESIGN Canberra festival
· Have their poem shared on the Craft ACT, ACT Writers Centre and DESIGN Canberra social media platforms.
Up to 2 runners up in each award will:
· Be published either in a special issue of Axon: Creative Explorations, or in the literary journal Meniscus
· See their poetry in public, on an ephemeral street stencil or window installation during DESIGN Canberra
· Have their poem shared on the Craft ACT, ACT Writers Centre and DESIGN Canberra social media platforms.

DESIGN Canberra Enrico Taglietti Poetry Award
The DESIGN Canberra Enrico Taglietti Poetry Award celebrates the work, poetics, personal style and contribution to the nation’s capital of an acclaimed architect and lover of poetry. Italian-born and trained, Enrico Taglietti is a respected Canberra architect who has made a lasting and important contribution to Canberra’s built environment.
Taglietti first travelled to Sydney, Australia in 1955 which led to a visit to Canberra to find a site for the Italian Embassy. He fell in love with a city ‘untouched by ugliness or history . . . [with its] inhuman overwhelming silence . . . infinity and eternity revealed’, and he continues to live here today. He has designed several distinguished homes (Watson, Aranda, Cook, Hughes and Wanniassa), Giralang Primary School, Dickson Library, the Italian Club, the Apostolic Nunciature, and the War Memorial’s Mitchell Annexe.

In 2007, Taglietti was awarded Australia’s most prestigious architecture prize — the Royal Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA) Gold Medal for Architecture. The architect’s distinct and highly personal design character is expressed through his use of unusual sculptural shapes and angles, cantilevered planes of roof and deck, and concrete. His contribution is significant, as is his attachment to our city. Taglietti’s thoughtful detailing, aesthetics and sense of place have helped to shape Canberra.

DESIGN Canberra City of Design Poetry Award
Design is in Canberra’s DNA. From the time of the Griffins’ visionary design a century ago, to iconic experimental architecture of the 1950s and 60s and the ANU art school’s focus on craftsmanship of the designer-maker, through to contemporary and sustainable developments today, Canberra has been — and always will be — a living design laboratory.
We are seeking new poetry which responds to Canberra’s distinctive design identity. Geometry is the theme of this year’s DESIGN Canberra program, referencing Canberra’s distinctive form. Triangles, concentric circles and arcs connect major avenues and underlie the city’s early planning. Geometry is everywhere we look: inscribed on the earth, in our buildings and our city’s plan.

About the Judges
Nigel Featherstone is an Australian writer of adult fiction. His new novel, Bodies of Men, will be published by Hachette Australia in early 2019.
In 2014 the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium commissioned Nigel to write the libretto for an original song cycle, with the music composed by James Humberstone from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music; this work, titled The Weight of Light, was developed by The Street Theatre in Canberra and had its world premiere in March 2018. Critics have called the production ‘A gem of a song cycle’ (Canberra Times), ‘An enthralling visual and aural experience’ (Australian Arts Review), and ‘A beautiful show – highly moving’ (Whispering Gums).

Monica Carroll investigates space and writing, poetry and empathy through phenomenology. Her widely published prose and poetry have been awarded nationally and internationally. She is also a creativity consultant for Magic and Medicine Textiles and The ClearThink Institute and she manages the Australian Artists’ Book project Pretext.

About the journals
Axon: Creative Explorations is the University of Canberra’s free online journal that publishes writing and images that express or are about creativity and the creative process.
Meniscus is an online, free access literary journal published by the Australasian Association of Writing Programs for high quality, innovative poetry, short fiction, and creative essays.

 

Eligibility
· Each poem may be submitted in only one category. The competition will accept a maximum of two (2) poems per person. Any entries in excess of two (2) poems will be invalid and no refund will be given.
· All submissions must be made via Submittable. Emailed or posted entries will not be accepted.
· Entries must be received by 4pm Wednesday 3 October 2018. Late entries will not be accepted.
· An entry fee applies of $15 per poem must be paid at the time of submission. A discounted rate of $10 per poem applies to members of the ACT Writers Centre. Entry is free for current members of Craft ACT. Please be very sure about your membership status before you apply. An incorrect entry fee will render your entry invalid.
· By entering this competition, you give permission for your poem to be published in print and other formats as outlined in the list of prizes above if it wins or is highly commended. We will notify you if your poem is to be published.
· The winners will be announced at a DESIGN Canberra preview event in mid-October 2018. A shortlist may be released prior to the announcement.
· Current staff and board members of the ACT Writers Centre and Craft ACT are ineligible for consideration in the DESIGN Canberra Poetry Awards.
· This award may be cancelled at any time at the discretion of Craft ACT. In the event of cancellation, entry fees will be reimbursed.

Terms and conditions
· Entries must not have been previously published or won a prize in another competition.
· Entrants must be aged 16 or over at the time of entering the competition.
· Please do not place your name or other distinguishing feature on the manuscript document.
· Competition entry fees must be paid on the submittable site at the time of entry.
· Competition entries must be in the following formats: .docx, .rtf .pdf
· Entrants must retain a copy of their entry
· Entrants warrant that: (i) they have personally created their entry and own all rights to it; (ii) all related intellectual property belongs to the entrant; and (iii) the entry does not violate any laws of any country or infringe upon another party’s trademark or copyright. Entrants indemnify the Prize and its Administrators against any loss or damages resulting from a breach of this warranty.
· No changes will be permitted once an entry has been submitted.

Copyright, moral rights, privacy, and liability
· Copyright in the poem(s) remains with the authors.
· By submitting an entry, the winner, runner-up and all longlisted entrants grant a worldwide, non-exclusive, non-commercial licence, in perpetuity to the Prize Administrators (Craft ACT) to (i) permit it to publish the entry in either Axon or Meniscus journals, as a graphic intervention, in print and on the Craft ACT website; and (ii) permit it to record and broadcast the public readings of any published entries, online and in any other media, for a period of 3 years from the date that the poem was submitted to the Prize, without fee, for the purpose of promoting Design Canberra and the ACT Writers Centre.
· A poem must be available to be published in the Axon or Meniscus journals to be eligible to win first or second prize or to be shortlisted. Refusal by an entrant to accept the Prize or to allow publication will disqualify the entry from eligibility.
· If we publish or use a longlisted poem we will always acknowledge the entrant as the author.
· We will not modify or edit the work without the permission of the author.
· By entering the Prize, you guarantee that the personal information you provide is accurate. Personal information will only be used in administering the Prize. When you provide this information you consent to it being used for this purpose.
· Except for any liability that cannot by law be excluded, the Administrators (including its respective officers, employees and agents) are not responsible for and exclude all liability (including negligence), for any personal injury; or any loss or damage (including loss of opportunity); whether direct, indirect, special or consequential, arising in any way out of: (a) any technical difficulties or equipment malfunction (whether or not under the Administrators’ control); (b) any theft, unauthorised access or third party interference; (c) any entry that is late, lost, altered, damaged or misdirected (whether or not after their receipt by the Administrators) due to any reason beyond the reasonable control of the Administrators; and (d) any variation in prize value to that stated in these Terms and Conditions.

 

Submit your entry online here